Last year, in a move that surprised a lot of people, Marvel and Fox announced that they would be working together in the new television series Legion, based on the Marvel character of the same name. This is of course an important bridge between the companies, but will the show share a connection with any of the movies or shows out there? Today, thanks to an IGN interview with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, we have a little more information about this.
For those not familiar with the upcoming TV series, it follows David Heller, a man diagnosed with schizophrenia, who after having been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals is confronted with the possibility that he may not be sick at all, but actually be a very powerful being.
In the Marvel Comics, David Heller is the son of Charles Xavier (a.k.a. Professor X). But details about his presence on the show have been kept under wraps, so the question was if this would be the main subject of the season.
“Probably the driving mystery is, yes, who is David? But not in that sense. It’s more, “Is David schizophrenic? Is he crazy? Or does he have powers?” That is the mystery. “Who is David?” We just don’t want to get into the Xavier world, because that’s not what this show is about.”
Donner also explained how even if they eventually touch upon the Xavier character it would be a completely different character from the two versions we have today. She also explained how this decision gives writer Noah Hawley (Fargo) a lot more freedom to create.
“With Legion, we’re our own universe. It gives Noah the freedom to do what he wants to do. Because we play with so many different timelines, and we rebooted and not really rebooted and all that, we felt like, OK, we’re going to throw it out there and hope the fans accept it.”
One of the most compelling aspect of telling David Haller’s story is that, despite being the son of Professor X, he eventually becomes the incredibly powerful villain know as Legion. So this could actually be a very different origin story, or as Donner puts it ‘a deconstruction of a villain’.
“Yeah, and here’s the deal, because it’s Noah. It’s a deconstruction of a villain, but then you have a love story that has come in, which wasn’t in the comics. Doesn’t love conquer all? So will her love stop him from becoming the evil villain that he is supposed to come? That’s the question.”
Legion premieres February 8 on FX. You can watch the trailer below and read the full interview with Lauren Shuler Donner here.